Mixed Media Pieces – Burnham Art Trail 2024

A visit to the community allotment in Burnham-on-Crouch inspired me to make some mixed media paintings of seeds, bark and flowers for this year’s Burnham Art Trail which takes place during the last week in June.sunflower seeds, seeds, mixed media, pen and wash, marker pen, felt tip, watercolour, coloured, pencil, ink, metalic pen, pastel

I started with sunflower seeds – they are so graphic and the black and white shells really mix well with colour.runner bean seeds, seeds, mixed media, pen and wash, marker pen, felt tip, watercolour, coloured, pencil, ink, metalic pen, pastel

I wanted to work in a way that was freer than my usual pen and wash approach – with rougher lines and more abstract shapes.

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I also wanted to use a wider range of materials.

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After the sunflower seeds I moved onto runner bean seeds.

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Runner bean seeds are such a beautiful colour – that glorious pinky-mauve with the abstract black markings.

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I used black permanent marker pens in various thickness for the outlines and backgrounds of these paintings. They are much broader than the water resistant pens I usually use and I really like the way they bleed into the watercolour paper, accentuating its texture.

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The base colour I used on all these pieces was watercolour paint.

As well as flat washes, I also added watercolour paint in splatters and printed circular shapes using the rim of a glass.

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Then I went on to add marks with ink and acrylic paint, using nibs and brushes.

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After the runner bean seeds I moved on to poppy seedheads, I was attracted more by the shape of the seedheads than their colour.

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I also used coloured pencils and metalic pens and inks.

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I found that charcoal and pastels gave an interesting finish on the rough texture of the watercolour paper.

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And scraping the pastel with a blade gave a satisfyingly intense dusting of colour which I set with hairspray.

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I was particularly pleased with how the splatter and the pastel dust worked on my depiction of the these lichenous twigs. I’d really started appreciating the colours of lichen on tree bark during the winter months when there’s so little other colour around.

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As well as being beautiful, the seeds are impressive because of their huge potential, that’s especially true of the acorn.

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I did find that my acorn paintings were not so successfully abstract though.

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Marigolds caught my eye next. They give vibrant splashes of colour in the garden nearly all year round.

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As well as being self-seeding, the marigolds also have insect repellent properties so it’s great to have them growing in the greehouse.

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For this year’s Burnham Art Trail I’ll be showing my paintings in the potting shed of the wonderful Moroccan inspired garden of Frances Franklin – Venue number 4. It seems very apt to be showing these paintings of seeds, bark and flowers in a garden shed.

Here’s a link to the Art Trail map.marigolds, flowers, mixed media, pen and wash, marker pen, felt tip, watercolour, coloured, pencil, ink, metalic pen, pastel

I painted the smaller artworks in threes. I tore the paper to separate them once they were finished, mounted them and glued them onto blank greetings cards which I plan to hang in the shed from twine like bunting.

Do check out the Art Trail website to find out about all the artists, venues and workshops so that you can plan your visit to Burnham.

Pen and Wash Demonstration for Burnham Art Club

I chose this beautiful white weatherboard house as the subject of my recent pen and wash demonstration for Burnham Art Club.

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My painter’s eye was drawn by the symmetry, bold outlines and interesting shapes…and also by the weatherboard bin store!

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Many thanks for the invitation to share my tips and techniques, and for such a kind and attentive reception from all the lovely art club members who came along.

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It was my first demo so I was a bit nervous beforehand, but once I got going I really enjoyed it.

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Swan Hotel Custom Print

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This Swan Hotel custom print was an 80th birthday gift for an ex-landlord of the iconic Maldon establishment from his family.

I may have mentioned before that Marc Bolan, David Bowie (Jones at the time) and Joe Cocker all played gigs in the back room in the 60s!

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A3 prints of my Maldon High Street series parts 1-8 and any of the individual buildings included in those paintings are now available to order. Please drop me a line.

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Maldon House Commission


maldon, essex, town house, house, illustration, landscape, commission, architectureDelighted to complete this pen and wash commission of an elegant Maldon townhouse for its splendid owner.

Please get in touch if you’d like a portrait of your own beautiful home.

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Little Totham Church Commission

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I was commissioned to make a drawing of Little Totham Church for a wedding anniversary gift. It really is a beautiful building.

Burnham Bungalow Commission

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Very pleased to complete this pen and wash commission of a lovely Burnham bungalow for a lovely person.

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Please get in touch if you’d like a portrait of your beautiful home!

 

Pen and Wash Portraits of Maldon High Street

I was born in Maldon (as was my dad), and I lived there until I was 18 so I feel a very strong bond with the place despite having lived away for 30 plus years.

 I decided to paint some of Maldon’s most beautiful buildings. 

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While I was taking reference photos I got the urge to paint all the façades from the old police station in West Square down to the Rose & Crown on the corner of Butt Lane. 

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Part of the loveliness of buildings comes from their relationship to their neighbours; that’s something we could also say about ourselves.

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That stretch of High Street was too long to fit onto one piece of paper so I divided it into eight sections and started making rough sketches. Then I challenged myself to finish all the paintings in a year and exhibit them at the Maeldune Heritage Centre, which is one of the buildings included in the series.


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And since I’ve painted these buildings I’ve notice that they’ve become more vibrant to me. I mean that when I walk or drive past them now, they seem brighter and more alive. It’s as if by getting to know all the little details of their faces I’ve made friends with them!

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The exhibition runs from 17th August to the 5th September 2023, do drop by if you can! There’s an low tech interactive element – please do some colouring in and share your High Street memories on the large black and white print in the centre of the gallery.

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Fine Art Prints

I’ve had some beautiful fine art prints made which capture the essence of the original paintings at half their size. Click here to buy prints.

The ink is lightfast, so it won’t deteriorate over time and the museum quality paper is Hahnemuhle William Turner 310gsm, which has a texture and weight similar to the watercolour paper on which I painted the originals.

Exhibition

Read about my summer exhibition at the Maeldune Heritage Centre here.

Summer Paintings

The Olde White Harte Hotel

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Steam Tug Brent

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I made the pen and wash piece above for this year’s exhibition celebrating this iconic vessel in Maldon. Read more about the exhibition here.

 

Burnham Art Club – Spring 2023

Grapnells Farm, Wallasea Island

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 Just as the spring weather became gentle enough for open air painting I ventured out onto Burnham Quay. Those two black headed gulls kindly adopted a stylish pose on the post for just long enough for me to sketch them. Got to love an Essex gull.

Sharings’ Wisteria

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Struck by the glorious wisteria adorning Sharings cottage one spring morning, I quickly snapped a photo hoping to make a painting of the scene at a later date. I worked from that photo to make the pen outline and then went back to sit outside the cottage and paint the watercolour washes. Quite suddenly a cloud of bees appeared and started settling on the cars parked behind me. “Keep calm and carry on,” I said to myself before scarpering sharpish a couple of minutes later as the swarm intensified. Such drama for a calm spring morning.

Burnham Art Trail 2023

Both these pen and wash pieces are on show in my Burnham Art Trail venue: Holicity Health, 140 Station Road from 24th June to 2nd July 2023. That’s number 12 on the Art Trail Map.

They are framed and priced at £100, please contact me for more details.

Burnham Art Trail 2023

This is me, proud as Punch! Having just hung my paintings in Holicity Health, 140 Station Road, Burnham on Crouch, my alloted venue for the Burnham Art Trail 2023.

It was Art Trail venue number 12, which you can find on the Art Trail Map here.

This was my first Art Trail, the culmination of nine months painting and anticipation, which is why I was so relieved and excited.

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And here’s a little video of the pictures in the window. 

All my Art Trail Paintings are For Sale!

I’ve listed the paintings I exhibited in my Art Trail venue below. They’re all pen and wash and they’re all for sale, so do please contact me if you’d like to buy yourself, or someone else you love, some art:

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Sunset, Winter Trees, Mayland

Framed

£75

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Sold

 

Sunset II, Winter Trees, Mayland

Framed

£75

 

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Sunset III, Winter Trees, Mayland

Framed

£75

 

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Grapnells Farm, Wallasea Island

Framed

£100

 

 

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Blue Boat, Low Tide

Framed

£100

 

 

 

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Wallasea Island from Burnham Quay

Framed

£100

 

 

 

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Clock Tower, Burnham-on-Crouch

Framed

£120

 

 

 

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Green Door, High Street, Burnham-on-Crouch

Framed

£100

 

 

 

 

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Sharings’ Wisteria

Framed

£100

 

 

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Morning Trees, Mayland

Framed

£75

Sold

 

 

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Asheldham Church

Framed

£75

 

 

 

At Burnham Museum

And below is the painting, also pen and wash, that is on the Burnham Musuem ‘taster wall’

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No7 High Street, Burnham-on-Crouch

Framed

£100

 

 

 

And this is the original painted postcard I donated for the auction, it’s based on a sketch I made in my neighbours’ garden last year.

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Lavender Bees

Unframed

Auctioned

 

 

 

There was a lovely Art Trail launch party at Burnham Museum. It was a real treat to meet other participating artists, some for the first time. The range and quality of the artwork on show there was really impressive and I was honoured to be included. 

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Art On The Quay

I also took part in Art on the Quay during the mornings of Sundays 25th June and 2nd July. We painted under the bright pink gazebos opposite The Olde White Harte pub.

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And here’s me painting it!

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Click here for all the Burnham Art Trail 2023 information.